The Beast…


First of all, this fly is a monster. I always prefer dry flies, but once in a while a fly fisherman is faced with difficult and desperate situations. That is when I turn to this one. This fly goes by the name “The Beast/The Animal” among local fishermen. No one knows the original pattern as everyone keeps it a secret. This is my version of the fly. I use a lot of weight and I prefer using seals fur as dubbing. Dragonflies represent a real meal to the trout and this fly will prove it…

This fly works better and better the more scruffy it gets. You might want to do it right away. The fly does get a cool look . I use a great comb for this purpose…




Damsels (Libellidae) are a very important part of the trouts menu in all stages. I have been tying the body this way since I read Gary Borger´s “Designing Trout Flies” (1991). This is a version of his Braided Butt Damsel. I use CdC instead of hackle and I add a piece of blue foam to make it lighter and float better. His damsel nymph pattern from the same book is also a great fly. I will come back to the nymph later.


Tie in a small piece of blue closed foam. In this fly I have used organza for the wing, but antron yarn can also do the trick. The next step is to spin the CdC for the abdomen. I like to use Magic Tool for this process.


Burn the end of the braided line a little. This will stop it from sliding of the hook after a few fish.


Use a Pantone to add markings and colour to the braided line. Then push the braided line over the hook. This will make the fly last longer.